Dallas Cowboys potential cap casualty No. 4: Blake Jarwin, TE
Ahead of the 2020 season, the Dallas Cowboys came to terms with tight end Blake Jarwin on a three-year deal worth just over $24 million. They were clearly excited about his future after he had 31 receptions for 365 yards with three touchdowns in 2019.
Unfortunately, Jarwin ended up with only one reception that season. After hauling in a 12-yard catch in Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams, Jarwin came up with a hurt knee and it was later diagnosed as a torn ACL.
While he was out, Dalton Schultz broke out with 615 yards on 63 receptions with four touchdowns. Jarwin was able to get back to the field in 2021 but Schultz kept the starting job and had an even better campaign. The fourth-year tight end had 78 receptions for 808 yards with eight touchdowns.
As for Jarwin, he was again dealing with injuries and played in just eight games with 11 receptions for 96 yards and two scores. In fact, his career numbers are now 70 receptions for 780 yards and eight touchdowns, which is less than what Schultz did in this season alone. Schultz is also a free agent and Dallas would love to bring him back.
The problem is, they won’t be able to afford him without making some moves and that could include canceling out the final year of Jarwin’s deal. Depending on whether or not he’s a pre-June 1 cut or a post-June 1 cut, Jarwin’s release could save somewhere between $3.8 million to $4.8 million this season, helping them retain their starter at the position.